Sergio Perez addresses imminent retirement rumours

Sergio Perez is reported to be set to retire from Formula 1 at the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix.

Amidst swirling rumours suggesting a potential retirement announcement at his home grand prix in Mexico, Sergio Perez has firmly dismissed any such notions, asserting his determination to continue competing in Formula 1. 

The speculations have been fuelled by a recent form slump, alongside suggestions that he might step away from the sport to spend more time with his young family, despite his existing 2024 contract as Max Verstappen’s teammate.

Former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde addressed the speculations, stating, “Rumours are rumours.” 

He elaborated on the situation during the DRS De Race Show podcast this week, adding, “He’s still relatively young. If I were him, I would keep going. 

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“On the other hand, the mental aspect also plays a role now. 

“The question is whether Perez can still handle the pressure.”

The notion of Perez’s retirement has gained traction due to his recent form struggles.

Nevertheless, Red Bull boasts a plethora of driver choices, further complicating the situation. 

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Daniel Ricciardo’s return from injury has pushed the promising rookie Liam Lawson to the 2024 bench, emphasising the intense competition within the team.

Lawson, 21, expressed his eagerness to secure a racing contract, remarking, “There’s always so much talk, and no matter how positive people are or what they’re saying, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied until I have a racing contract in my hand.” 

Reflecting on his journey, he added, “Two months ago, I was definitely not being considered for Formula 1, and to be honest, it felt like it was starting to slip away a little bit. 

“And I think now with this opportunity, that’s really helped that, and at least maybe there’s an opportunity in the future.”

As Ricciardo prepares to make his return from a five-race absence due to a broken hand, van der Garde emphasised the significance of his performance. “He’ll need to be right there,” said the Dutchman. 

“Admittedly, Ricciardo hasn’t driven many kilometres this year, but he does have the experience. 

“I expect him to be close to (Yuki) Tsunoda, but above all, he must make his return with humility. 

“He has to show what he can do on the track.”

While the Red Bull team has a range of potential driver options, van der Garde suggested that they should consider bringing former protege Alex Albon back to the senior team, despite Dr. Helmut Marko’s earlier dismissal due to Albon’s long-term contract with Williams. 

“They also have Ricciardo and Tsunoda who can be promoted, but Liam Lawson has done very well and deserves a seat in Formula 1,” van der Garde remarked.

As the speculation about his future swirls, Sergio Perez has firmly quashed the retirement rumours. 

He confirmed, “Well, right now I have a contract for next year. 

“It will be important to have a good season. 

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“I am motivated to continue, and I want to stay for a few more years.

“I believe I still have a lot to do in Formula 1. 

“I’d like to stay in F1 for at least another three to four years,” Perez concluded, reaffirming his commitment to the sport.